Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation

Developed in the 1940s as treatment approach for neurologic patients Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) is one the “old” concepts in physiotherapy treating all kinds of dysfunctions of the neuromuscular system. Revolutionary for his time Dr. Kabat developed a treatment concept based on scientific findings. The main idea of the PNF concept is the facilitation of function by establishing a sensory background for better Motor Control.

The concept offers possibilities for therapeutic interventions on the activity as well as on body structure levels. Although some underlying assumption of that time could not be proved (yet), have changed or have to be looked at in a different perspective PNF managed to survive. The main reason for this that its cornerstones, the PNF philosophy, the basic principles, the PNF techniques and the PNF patterns form a framework for an extreme versatile toolbox. They allow the user to integrate newer findings without moving away from the core ideas. For many therapists PNF is equivalent to direct use of PNF Patterns. (Arm patterns for arm problem, leg patterns for leg problems etc.). But PNF has more to offer. This presentation focuses on one aspect of the PNF-concept: the use of irradiation as an indirect treatment approach